Forces fitness, it's The Mind-set, the official slogan of the Royal Marine corps but around camp you may here "Train Tough, Fight Easy". I'll give you an insight of one day in the Royal Marines that you have to complete before even getting to Lympstone. This is to test your mental aptitude, physical stamina and finally the fundamental quality of indefatigability. Forces fitness at its best.
Upward at the crack of Dawn and a nice cold shower to begin the day with a shoe of an instructor upwards your arse to make you motor and get outside dressed ready to 03 to scran ( that's food by the way ).
They tell you to eat Train Like a Royal Marine but you don't feel like it because of nerves so you force it down anyhow, then back to the block to give it a good scrub and check yourself over ready for examination. If you or the block isn't up to standard ( which you never are ) then get down and kiss the floor because your doing press ups and also you do at there pace with each other. After the cleaning and beasting for being average muster outside for some real physical tests.
Makes fitness starts with the distance and a half team run at a fairly easy pace to get you warmed up, then your off on your own for the 1 ) 5 miles in under 10 mins or your best effort and boy do they need it. After everyone has done its a short run back to the camp ready for the swim. After doing press ups in the changing rooms for being to loud and slow we went down to the pool. In organizations of 6 we swam a full length away then back 1/4 of the best way to tread water for 2 mins before going swimming back and pulling ourselves out of the pool. 2 minutes can feel quite a while but if you keep relaxed then you'll be fine. I was amazed at how many people struggled with this and were dragged out of the water by the hoop.
More lectures adopted after the swim then we hit the fitness center, a Bleep Test to start out after a brief warm up where you experienced to achieve level 12 upwards, 60 press episodes in 2 mins striking your partners fist with your chest and your again straight, 60 crunches in 2 mins with your finger tips on the part of your head touching your knees with your elbows and 6 pull episodes done to the trainer showing you when to flex and stretch. All this was carried out with a few extra press ups and shuttle runs for not being quick enough and not listening to requests, if one person interferes up you all get it.
After the health club it was time for some well deserved lunch time and boy are you hungry. After feeding yourself up you needed a few more lectures where your trying to keep yourself awake then down to the bottom field that so many people feared on camp and why? I was about to find out.
It started pretty relaxed, the instructors kidding and showing us how to attack the attack course and heck how we were with height and ropes, then they strike us first an entire duration around the assault course as a team, then as individuals, after doing it the second time I was blown out but we hadn't completed. We were beasted up and down this hill crawling in the mud doing burpees, press ups anything at all they could think of to push us to destruction, they called it last man standing, now I knew what the bottom field was, after a good 30mins of the almost all of us could hardly walk they stopped and we jogged back to a shower block to get our overalls off and shower ahead of the last lecture and find out our fate if we made it or not.